Jailers discover inmate dead in Union County; suicide suspected

By NEMS Daily Journal

NEW ALBANY – An inmate at the Union County Jail was found dead in his cell Wednesday morning.
Brandon McCurdy of County Road 141, near New Albany, had been arrested Tuesday and was awaiting formal charges related to an alleged crystal meth operation.
Sheriff Tommy Wilhite said McCurdy, who had recently been released on bond on another charge, appeared to have hanged himself with a blanket.
“I think we’re going to have to put all these people who come in here on crystal meth charges under suicide watch,” Wilhite said.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is in charge of the ongoing investigation.